June 9, 2010

Beach weather, finally! (And all that brings)

Beautiful weather drew big crowds to North Beach on Wednesday, and that comes with a large gathering of people.

While many people enjoyed Racine's sandy treasure, others apparently decided to fight near the North Beach Oasis and Kids Cove playground. Racine Uncovered has details of a wild afternoon at the beach.

Several police officers, including the K9 unit, were called to the area to control a rowdy crowd. By 8pm, all access to the beach was shut down to disperse the crowd, but a large group of people continued to cause problems on Barker Street around 9:15 p.m.

The problems aren't a surprise to police. The City Council voted last week to allow Chief Kurt Wahlen to spend an additional $33,000 on bike patrols for North Beach.

The JT is reporting few problems at the beach, saying the last-day-of-school went "relatively smoothly" on North Beach.

Police or not, thousands of people enjoyed themselves at North Beach Wednesday. Here's a few snaps that show the fun: